After winning a 2-1 interleague series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Texas Rangers traveled up to Cleveland to begin a series against the Indians and couldn’t have asked for a better performance, taking the first game 9-2.
It was 2-0 after the first inning when Jurickson Profar led off with a single, and then Ian Desmond hit it over the wall. Texas would then make it to inning number two and add to the lead with Bryan Holaday’s sacrifice to bring Elvis Andrus home.
The big turnaround came in the 3rd inning as Ian Desmond missed his second home run of the day by inches, but got a double with the ball bouncing off the wall. This is important because starting pitcher Tomlin drew an error by trying to throw Moreland out at first base and accidentally hit Moreland in the back of the head. Desmond would score on that play, Beltre would be at second, Moreland at first base, and Terry Francona would come out of the dugout twice to argue with the umpire, getting ejected in the 3rd.
As the game unraveled, it came crashing down in the 4th inning as Bryan Holaday got in on a Fielder RBI single, and then Nomar Mazara hit a 3-run shot bringing both Fielder and Adrian Beltre across home plate. Texas would hold all 9 runs in the first 4 innings, and that was enough to take care of the Indians.
The Indians had an off-day against the visiting Rangers. They accumulated three errors and realized the lead got out of hand that they brought in Ryan Merritt for his major league debut, as well as subbed some guys out, such as Mike Napoli, who hit a home run off Derek Holland in the 6th, for another ex-Ranger Chris Giminez. Michael Martinez and Lonnie Chissenhall would also check in at the 7th inning.
Derek Holland took care of 6 innings today and Carlos Ramos was allowed to finish the final 3 innings to give this bullpen a much deserved rest. Holland allowed 6 hits and 2 walks, only tallying 2 strikeouts, but the offense relived Derek Holland greatly. Carlos Ramos threw his first pitch and Marlon Byrd homered off Ramos, but he calmed down and struck out Yan Gomes in his next three pitches. Though Ramos began to fell apart in the bottom of the 9th, he finished things out and kept the Indians from crossing home plate.
The biggest stars for Texas was Ian Desmond and Nomar Mazara, each hitting a home run. Desmond would also hit a double in his second plate performance and Mazara’s defense would rob the Indians any chance of getting back into this thing early on.
TEXAS 9 | 11 | 0
CLEVELAND 2 | 11 | 4
W – Derek Holland (4-4; 4.78 ERA)
L – Josh Tomlin (7-1; 3.79 ERA)
After handing Josh Tomlin his first loss of the season on a prosperous night offensively, the Texas Rangers are now 30-21 and are expected to put Colby Lewis on the mound tomorrow against Corey Kluber at 6:00 PM US Eastern Time.